The Voyage of 'S/V Röde Orm' - Sweden

Come on board and take part in our adventures while exploring the world at the slow pace of a sailing boat. We left in June 2009, heading south to escape the northern winter... to start with. Currently in Algarve/Portugal taking it one day at a time.

13 September 2010
11 September 2010 | Nantes, Bretagne-France
07 September 2010 | Bretagne (or Normandie?)
02 September 2010 | still the same...
31 August 2010 | Rezè- Bretagne (boat in Rio Guadiana)
09 August 2010 | Rezé//Bretagne//France
18 July 2010 | Clisson/La Sèvre
15 July 2010 | Nantes/ Brittany
14 July 2010 | Nantes/Bretagne/France
25 June 2010 | Gamleby- Sweden
05 June 2010 | Mértola// Minas San Domingo
27 May 2010 | Alcoutim
24 May 2010 | of the River
21 May 2010 | Alcoutim/Sanlucar
21 May 2010 | Alcoutim/Sanlucar
16 May 2010 | Alcoutim
10 May 2010 | Alcoutim/Sanlucar
30 April 2010 | Alcoutim-PT// Sanlucar- ES
24 April 2010 | Ayamonte - Andalucia - Spain

An Overnighter to Denmark

25 September 2008 | Klintholm, Men
Sunny! NE 17-25 knots predicted, slowly decreasing during the night and tomorrow. Then on Friday, this faithful NE will disappear, and leave a temporary calm. During Saturday morning the wind will return from W.

To utilize this 'dying' NE we set sail at noon to do an overnighter to Klintholm on the Danish Island of Men.

After an hour or so, we had to take a reef in the main and soon after the second one. Actually the first time this season. Another fact worth mentioning is that we have yet not had to beat to windward a single full day. Following winds is nice! ;-)

Despite the now diminished sail area, we made 6,5-7 knots, occasionally more on a short surf of course. The heading waas 220 degrees to start with, and we had a broad reach all the way down to Sandhammaren's Lighthouse at the SE point of the Scanian (swedish) mainland.

At sunset we arrived there and turned to 250 degrees. Obviously this was just about dead downwind, so I took the main down completely and lashed it to the boom. Easier and safer selfsteering during the night, and no need to go on deck. We were still making 5,5 knots so no worries.

In the early morning hours, when the wind had decreased noticeably, and so the boat speed, I went on deck again and hoisted the main with a single reef this time. An hour later the second reef was untied too.

We didn't get much sleep during the night, but it wasn't THAT cold and the starry sky was superb value for the inconvenience.

We arrived at Klintholm around noon, thus we covered the approx. 125 miles quite fast, considering that the last 3 hours, we only made 2-3 knots as the wind was dying already.

The village was a bit of a disappointment, though with a bunch of recently built an not too charming time-share appartmentts. More than 160 guest slips it has to be a busy place in vacation time.Except for us, a couple of Polish and German boats were the only visitors.

Needless to say, we went to bed early and slept like babies
Vessel Name: Röde Orm
Vessel Make/Model: Laurin 32 ketch built in 1965
Hailing Port: Falsterbo -Sweden
Crew: Magnus & Isabelle
MAGNUS, Swedish skipper. Navigation teacher and a Commercial Yachtmaster. After many years of dreaming, recently sold off his business since over 20 years. Left swedish waters in June 2009 and hasn't yet looked back ISABELLE, Born in Brittany/France & First Mate. [...]
During 2008 we cruised during two and a half months in the Baltic Sea as covered in the older posts on this blog together with Magnus's 2007 cruise to 66 degrees North in the Baltic Sea. During this spring of 2009 we completed an extensive exterior refit of Röde Orm, and untied the docking [...]
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Who: Magnus & Isabelle
Port: Falsterbo -Sweden